National Basketball Association
Notre Dame 76, Clemson 61
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 12, 2022
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
Officials: # Lee Cassell, # Earl Walton, # Justin Porterfield
Attendance: 7524

Blake Wesley scored 21 points as Notre Dame rolled past host Clemson 76-61 Saturday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

The victory was the eighth in nine games for the Fighting Irish (18-7, 11-3 ACC), who remained tied with Duke atop the league standings. Notre Dame, which is off to its best start in ACC play since joining the league in 2013, improved to 6-2 this season in ACC road games.

Clemson (12-13, 4-10), which was playing its third game in five days, has lost eight of 10.

The Tigers were missing two starters -- Hunter Tyson, who is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone, and David Collins, who was serving a one-game suspension after committing a flagrant foul against Duke's Wendell Moore on Thursday night.

Wesley made 7-of-12 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. The freshman jumpstarted the Fighting Irish by scoring 18 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting in the game's first 10 minutes. He helped push Notre Dame to a 17-point lead, 28-11, midway through the opening half.

Clemson's PJ Hall scored 10 points in the first half to help the Tigers close to within 10 points, 38-28, at the half.

Clemson cut Notre Dame's lead to seven points on two occasions in the second half, the last time at 57-50 with 8:25 remaining, but the Fighting Irish went on a 15-5 run to regain control.

Notre Dame also got 20 points from Dane Goodwin, who made 8-of-13 shots, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Goodwin has scored 41 points and made 16-of-23 shots in two games against Clemson this season.

The Irish made 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from beyond the arc Saturday night and their 13 threes were the most allowed in a game by Clemson this season.

Hall led Clemson with 19 points -- his 24th consecutive game in double figures -- while Nick Honor scored 12 and Naz Bohannon added 10. But Clemson made only 5-of-18 from 3-point range.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Notre Dame   Clemson
Blake Wesley 21 Scoring PJ Hall 19
Paul Atkinson Jr. 4 Assists Chase Hunter 3
Dane Goodwin 6 Rebounds Ian Schieffelin 9
Blake Wesley 2 Free Throws Made Nick Honor 2
Cormac Ryan 2 Steals Ian Schieffelin 2
Matt Zona 1 Blocks PJ Hall 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Notre Dame 76 52.7 13-24 5-10 16 31 1 5 7
Clemson 61 42.6 5-18 4-5 10 28 1 5 5